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Lake Bled is one of the most picturesque lakes in Europe – and being only an hour away from Ljubljana by public transport, a day trip to this fantastic area is highly recommended. The lake surrounds Bled Island, which is home to several notable buildings such as the pilgrimage church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, which is decorated in Gothic paintings and contains a Baroque stairway.
Ljubljana Castle was built in the 15th century and is situated on Castle Hill. The castle itself is a dominant feature of the Ljubljana skyline, and is currently one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The castle was occupied by the French army in the 18th century, and was also used as a prison during the Austrian Empire during the 19th Century , and again during World War II.
Metelkova Mesto is a cultural area situated in Ljubljana, developed from the former army barracks, and has since become one of the liveliest artistic, social and intellectual urban areas of Ljubljana. Countless bars and clubs can be found in this area, along with many unique exhibitions and public art. It’s a very colourful area, and attracts many different visitors including students, underground music fans, general tourists, and professionals who are enjoying a night out.
Art Enthusiasts: With a large variety of museums, exhibitions, traditional and contemporary music.
Couples: Ljubljana is a city full of beautiful views, old-town streets, and unspoiled corners.
Shopping: With one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, Ljubljana is an ideal shopping haven.
Language: The language spoken in Ljubljana is Slovenian.
Currency: The currency used in Ljubljana is the Euro (€)
Local time: Ljubljana is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly: Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (LJU) is 25km away from the city centre
Flight time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Tourist information: Further Ljubljana tourist information can be found at www.visitljubljana.com
Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Ljubljana, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/slovenia for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Temperature: Average highs of 20 (°C) in summer and 2 (°C) in winter
Best time to visit: April-October
Ljubljana lies in the basin between the Alpine and Karst region, and is influenced by the Mediterranean streams during the summer (mainly in July/August). In the winter, the average temperature is much lower, due to lying in the basin and being influenced by temperature inversion – and this means “wet”.
By foot: The city centre is easiest to cover on foot. Look out for mopeds and bicycles when crossing the street at busy intersections.
By bus: Buses are a reliable way to get round the city. A single journey is €1.20, and this covers an up to 90-minute journey, regardless of the number of buses need to be changed to reach the destination.
Open Kitchen Food Market: On Fridays from mid-March to October, the Open Kitchen (located in the Central Market) offers you an opportunity to meet Slovenian chefs, taste Slovenian and international dishes, and learn about different methods of food preparation.
Ana Desetnica: The Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival is held at various outdoor venues across Ljubljana. The festival brings together a large number of street artistes, clowns, circus performers and much more. Usually held in either June or July.
Ljubljana Jazz Festival: Each year, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival features many of the world’s biggest names in jazz. Usually held in June or July.
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